I was privileged to spend much of my weekend in the peace and quiet offered by Stillwood Camp at the Northview Prayer
Retreat. If you have considered participating but have not yet done so, I would advise it J. We spent valuable time reflecting on who Jesus is and our facilitator, Dennis Fuqua, taught us to pray using the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for reflection and intercession. For more information on the materials presented, visit the Living Prayer website.
In my last devotional, I focused on praying to God as our Father. Today we will look at the phrase, “Hallowed be thy name” or as Dennis Fuqua would paraphrase it, “Let your name be holy”.
The fact that Jesus teaches us “hallow” God’s name goes far beyond a command to use God’s name in appropriate ways. We often think of this in terms of not taking His name in vain, not using his name as a profanity or a flippant expression. While this is important, there is much more to it.
As we learned in the series on the names of God, Biblical names have great significance because they are intricately linked with character. To “hallow” God’s name means to believe that He is who He says He is. If we don’t believe in His character, we are not letting His name be holy. Think this through with me.
Elohim – the Creator. If we hallow the Lord’s name “Elohim”, we will treat creation with the respect and attention it deserves as being the handiwork of the creator. We will view all human beings as unique and worthy of respect because they are created in the image of God. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
El Elyon – God Most High. To honor God’s name, “El Elyon” we must believe that God is sovereign over all nations, all people, and all circumstances. We need to cling to hope, knowing that God has dominion over everything that is opposing us or causing us pain, and that He will use everything for His glory and in His Kingdom. This isn’t easy, but is integral to hallowing God’s name. As Nebuchadnezzar reflects, “I…raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever” (Daniel 4:34-35)
El Roi – The God Who Sees. We hallow God as “El Roi” when recognize that He is aware of our circumstances and is reaching out to us. As we allow Him to minister to us in the midst of pain or confusion and as we search His word for answers and comfort, we are honoring His name. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Adonai – Master. When we obey God’s words we are honoring him as the master of our lives. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness. If we believe that Jesus’ death was sufficient payment for our sins, we are hallowing Jehovah Tsidkenu. If, instead, we keep attempting to earn our salvation or continue to live in condemnation or guilt we are not honoring His name.
There are so many others I could highlight. How can we worry about finances and simultaneously honor God as El Shaddai – the All-Sufficient One, or as Jehovah-Jireh – Our Provider? Letting His name be made Holy in and through our lives is a life long learning process, so I encourage you to linger here a bit when you pray. Reflect on the character of God, and ask Him what you need to do today, to hallow his name.